January 27th, 2009 8:10 PM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened in positive territory after this morning's economic news failed to give any significant surprises. The stock markets are showing gains during early trading with the Dow up 53 points and the Nasdaq up 15 points. The bond market is currently up 6/32, which will likely keep this morning's rates near yesterday's levels.
January's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) was posted late this morning, revealing a reading of 37.7. This was a lower than forecasts of a 39.0 reading, but offsetting that favorable news was an upward revision of 0.6% to December's confidence reading. This means that consumers were more confident in their own financial situations than previously thought in December, but that sentiment has dropped in January. Lower levels of confidence are considered good news for bonds because it usually means consumers are less apt to make large purchases in the immediate future.
There is no factual economic data sc heduled for release tomorrow, but we will get the results of this year's first FOMC meeting. It will begin tomorrow and adjourn at 2:15 PM ET Wednesday. It is expected to yield no change to short-term interest rate, but as is often the case, traders will be looking for any indication of the Fed's next move. However, I am not expecting this meeting to have a major impact on the markets or mortgage rates because the Fed can't lower key rates much more. There is little chance of indicating a possible rate hike in the near future, so I don't believe that this meeting will have the influence they usually do.
The rest of the week is pretty busy with five relevant reports scheduled to be released over Thursday and Friday. There are two on Thursday's agenda while the most important one comes Friday along with two other moderately important reports. I am expecting to see additional movement in mortgage rates over the next couple of days, so please maintain contact with your mortgage professional.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Float if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.
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